Friday, May 6, 2011

A Quilt for Me

Since I have all boys, it has been hard for me to give myself permission to have anything too girly around the house.  It always made me a little sad when I saw these cute, feminine fabric lines come out and I felt that since my house was so full of boys, I needed to stay away.  Finally last year, I told myself to stop being ridiculous and just make a few quilts for me.  This was the first one I pieced - just simple squares.  There are a few mistakes (I am still learning) but I love the fabrics and I love how fresh and happy it looks.  The quilt top has been pieced for a long time, but I finally got around to quilting and binding it.  This was my first experience with straight line quilting and I LOVE how it turned out.

I included this picture because you can see the quilting quite a bit better.  I am so happy with how this quilt turned out and now it is sitting in my family room.  It makes me smile every time I look at it, and I wonder why I didn't let myself do something like this sooner.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Baby, Baby, Baby

 With our fifth baby boy making an appearance soon, I have been pretty busy with making baby stuff.  When I had my fourth boy I did not plan on having any more kids, so I gave pretty much everything away.  This resulted in the necessity of making new baby stuff for this little guy.  I have had a lot of fun with these cute little things though.  The picture above is of a little quilt I pieced a long time ago.  I finally decided to finish it up to use as a play mat for the baby.  My husband thinks it is a pretty crazy quilt, and I guess I agree, but I still like it.

 Since this baby is coming in the summer, I decided that I didn't want double sided flannel receiving blankets.  I feel they are just too heavy in the heat of the summer, but I still like to cover my baby up with something when he is napping.  I made these single sided receiving blankets and just bound them with binding that I made from fabric I had on hand.

 This blanket is a little larger.  It is flannel on one side and soft minky on the other.  I think it will be perfect when the weather starts to cool down.

 This cute little crunchy tag toy was made from scraps I had on hand.  I got the idea from one of my favorite blogs, A Feathered Nest.  You can find her tutorial here.  I made a few changes to fit my preferences, but the method is the same.

 The back of the tag toy.  Some soft flannel and minky, to keep the textures interesting.

 I thought this diaper holder and changing pad was one of the best ideas I have seen in a long time and I had to have one for this baby.  I found the idea and tutorial at another one of my favorite blogs, Cluck, Cluck, Sew.  You can find it here.

 Such a great idea.  How many times have I wished for something like this when changing my baby someplace other than home.  Love it!!

 I ran onto a bunch of old white onesies that I had used for my other boys.  Luckily, I had not trashed these yet, but they were looking a little worse for wear.  Since all of my other tiny baby clothes had been relegated to the trash or other homes, I decided to dye these old stained onesies and give them simple appliques.  Now these old onesies have a new life and my new baby will have a few things to wear.

More recycled onesies.

I am so excited for this new little one to come and start using all of these cute things - but he can't come yet.  I still have plenty of other things I still need to make for him, and I have some definite cleaning and rearranging to do in my house before he comes.   So for now.  I will just enjoy looking at them and keep plugging away at my "to do" list.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Laundry for the boys

My oldest two boys used to have a dresser in their room.  It drove me crazy, because the clothes were always a scrambled mess and I wondered why I even bothered folding them before putting them in there.  We finally decided to just get rid of it, and I came up with a new system.  I must say, I love this system and it has worked very well for us for over a year now.  Basically, I bought a cheap bookcase and some durable plastic bins.  Now, on laundry days, I have the boys remove the bins from the bookshelves and set them on the table.  As I am folding laundry, I place it in the bins and when the laundry is finished, they return them to the bookshelves where they belong.  The laundry usually stays folded.  The bookcase and bins look neat and orderly in their closet, and best of all, the boys are responsible for putting their own clean laundry away.  Gotta love that!!!
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